Okay - so this isn't a very Christmasy Vermont post,
but I suspect that before winter is through up here, you'll be tired of all my snowy scenes.
you may remember that last month we went out on a quest for covered bridges.
If you have been following along from the beginning
you have a very good memory,
you might remember my mission to rustify rusticate add a more rustic feel to Away.
I know - it's been a long time since I've even mentioned it.
It's just that somewhere along the way I discovered that most days I'd rather be outdoors exploring.
Last weekend was kind of rainy, drizzly, miserable...
so, today I'll be sharing one of my rustication (did you know that's a real word?) projects.
Whew , so anyway -
this lamp was left behind by the previous owners.
Normally I would like this lamp as it is - but it is definitely not rustic.
Sooooo - you can probably tell where I'm going with this.
Out to the garage...
I gave the brass a light sanding and a coat of spray primer,
then added several light coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Super easy project (not sure the fumes did much for my health, though).
I switched out the pleated shade with a burlap one.
And although I'm pretty sure I just ruined a nice brass lamp, I like it better like this.
And then, just for the fun of it - since I still had some paint in the can, and was getting a little trigger happy,
I painted this candle holder.
I don't remember what it used to look like, but at this point,
does it really matter?
1) Winter is quickly coming to Vermont. I'm really hoping for a snowy one, but then, that probably falls into the category of
2) My next-door-neighbor goes all out with seasonal lawn decorations. While I don't share the same holiday style, I have to admit that their colorful lights are a cheery welcome when I drive home at night.
3) Which reminds me of a December afternoon 25 years ago. While I thought my 2-year-old was napping, I watched out my window feeling a bit dismayed over my neighbors setting up what I felt was an extremely tacky display. When I "woke" my daughter from her nap, she excitedly took me by the hand and led me to the window exclaiming -
"Mommy, mommy - the most byoooo-tiful thing!"
Ah, how differently the world looks through the eyes of children.
4) And how about online shopping - neat, huh?
The other morning I woke to the news report that three women in my town have been following the delivery truck and snatching packages off doorsteps. Really?!?!?!
Sigh - time for a little meditation -
Ohhmmm - most people are good, most people are good, most people are good...
5) Okay - faith in humanity restored.
I wish you all a very happy weekend and hope you find a little time to simply enjoy!